Gas prices soar in California; prices in Los Angeles highest in state at $4.18 a gallon

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Gasoline prices continue their rapid rise across Southern California Wednesday, with the average price in Los Angeles County now the highest in the state.

The latest figures from AAA and the Oil Price Information Service shows the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gas in L.A. County is $4.18. The price has jumped nearly 50 cents in a month.

Prices in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties are not far behind.

The Orange County average price of $4.17.4 is the fourth highest in California, trailing Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo ($4.18) and Ventura ($4.17.6) counties.

The price for a gallon of self-serve regular in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has increased for 16 consecutive days to $4.15, the highest amount since Oct. 28.

The increasing prices are the result of reduced supplies caused by low levels of production in Southern California stemming from refinery maintenance, said Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

With contributions from KPCC Wire Services

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