The price of gasoline is soaring across the North Bay and likely will inch still closer to a record set in 2008 as oil companies scramble to fix problems at several California refineries.
The average price for regular gasoline in Santa Rosa was $4.35 a gallon on Wednesday, up 10 cents from the day before and 20 cents from a week ago.
That's also 50 cents higher than a year ago.
Prices were higher and the spikes even more dramatic at some North Bay stations. At a Chevron on Old Redwood Highway in Windsor, the price of gas on Thursday was $4.63 a gallon, a 24-cent increase from earlier in the week.
"We are in a roller coaster right now and prices will continue to rise," said Cynthia Harris, a spokeswoman for AAA.