Gas prices spike

Gasoline prices in California spiked by 36 cents in a single week to a total average of $3.80 a gallon, AAA spokesperson Cynthia Harris said, which sharply contrasted a national decline in fuel costs.

In the state, industry analysts said prices could likely top $4 a gallon before easing back, while nationally, a two-week decline to $2.78 average per gallon is the lowest mark in nearly five years.

Harris and AAA experts said the lowest average state price is found in Marysville, where regular unleaded gasoline cost $3.18 a gallon. The most expensive metro area tracked by AAA is San Francisco, at $3.62 a gallon.

In Oakhurst, average regular unleaded fuel prices Tuesday afternoon ranged from $3.39 a gallon at Valero to $3.85 at Chevron. For the Fresno region, AAA said there had been no monthly change to an average of $3.49 a gallon.

- Staff report