Gas prices to climb after refinery fire

Resignation mixed with resentment Tuesday at gasoline pumps across Sonoma County over forecasts that a Bay Area refinery fire could drive fuel back over $4 a gallon.

"Seems like it's one thing or another," said Sam Wright of Santa Rosa, after pumping more than $50 worth of gas into his Ford Explorer. "Can't say I'm surprised."

"What can you do?" shrugged Christina Heraty of Santa Rosa, who put $17 worth into her Toyota Corolla, also at the Arco Station at Brookwood Avenue and Fourth Street.

Regular gas there was $3.70 a gallon, well below the Santa Rosa average of $3.84 posted Tuesday at the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, which uses an average of the three preceding days.

The prospect of returning to the $4 range irked Ben Stanley of Santa Rosa, even though he drives a Toyota Prius hybrid that gets better than 40 mpg.

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