Gas prices may surge as high as 20 cents over the next 72 hours, according to a local gas price expert.
Charles Langley with the Utility Consumers' Action Network called the increase a "Super Spike."
A previous version of this article stated that the increase was due in part to a refinery fire at a British Petroleum refinery fire in Carson. However, the refinery had a routine maintenance following an unplanned "flaring," according to a BP representative.
The Los Angeles-area refinery supplies approximately 12 percent of California's gas and any disruption usually leads to a spike at the gas pump.
Another reason for the increases at the pump in the last couple weeks has been a market reaction to several planned repairs at Southern California refineries.
In the last week, gas prices increased 20 cents. And prices in San Diego are already at record highs for February.
"It's a very disturbing and very alarming thing so suddenly at a time when demand is actually down," said Charles Langley with the consumer group, UCAN.
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