Gas pump. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

Average gasoline prices in California are at their highest since 2014 at $3.895 per gallon as of Wednesday evening, according to the national fuel-price monitoring service GasBuddy.

The Boston-based service predicted prices in California would reach $4 per gallon in the days ahead.

Gas prices continue to soar on the West Coast due to problems at refineries in Torrance, Wilmington and Carson in the Los Angeles area as well as in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

“Refineries in Wilmington and Carson reported unplanned flaring as a result of breakdowns last weekend, according to Oil Price Information Service,” said Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

“Operations have not yet recovered for Phillips 66 after the March 16 fire at the company’s Carson refinery,” he said. “Some Northern California and Pacific Northwest refineries are dealing with planned and unplanned maintenance also, making for a tight gasoline supply throughout the West Coast.”

In San Diego County, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular was even higher at $3.943 on Thursday morning, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. Prices are 62 cents higher than they were just one month ago.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.