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Richmond Fire Still Affecting Las Vegas Gas Prices

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Gas prices have sharply increased in the last ten days due to the Richmond, CA oil refinery fire. But, the worst may be behind us.

Las Vegas saw its average fuel price increase seven cents compared to July, reaching $3.49 per gallon. In North Las Vegas, the average price of a gallon of gas is $3.48, a 6-cent and in Henderson the price was $3.50.

According to Gasbuddy.com’s Patrick DeHaan, the price should level off very soon. “I think the worst is behind us, that’s not to say prices will stop increasing, but the biggest of the increases are done and over with.”

The prices in Northern Nevada are much higher because they get their fuel directly from the Bay Area. One station at Stateline is all the way up to $4.59 per gallon. Most Reno and Sparks stations are over four dollars a gallon.

DeHaan added that the biggest concern was a few days after the refinery caught fire. “There is kind of like a shock-and-awe the first week. Everybody’s freaking out, traders are freaking out, everybody is covering their butt. Then prices go sky-high and then things start to cool when they realize the world is not ending!”

The least expensive in the area is in North Las Vegas at $3.34 a gallon.

You can find all the area gas prices by going to gasbuddy.com

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