The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire Saturday recorded its largest daily increase since April 12, rising 4.7 cents to $2.947.
The increase comes three days after an explosion damaged the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, causing a partial shutdown, reducing the supply.
The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has increased 22 consecutive days, rising 54.9 cents, including 3.5 cents on Friday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price is 15.8 cents more than one week ago and 49.4 cents higher than one month ago, but 86.5 cents less than one year ago.
The 22-day streak of increases is the longest since a 29-day streak from Jan. 29-Feb. 26, 2013.