Forest fires out West cause lumber prices to skyrocket here in Georgia

By / Berndt Petersen, WSB-TV

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — The cost of building a new home has spiked and it’s all because of forest fires.

Last year’s wildfires out West destroyed millions of acres of trees that were supposed to become 2-by-4s.

Now, there has been a huge increase in the price of lumber.

Gwinnett County lumber yard owner Michael Johnsa told Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen when he saw what was happening, he knew it would turn the lumber industry upside down.