A gas war that started last week in the Bonney Lake area of Pierce County with one Fred Meyer store selling gas for $3.079 a gallon, has spread to the Parkland-Spanaway area bring gas prices at some stations below the $3 level.
Seven Pierce County stations Monday were selling gas for $2.99 or less according to TacomaGasPrices.com. The price leader remained the Fred Meyer store at 20919 State Route 410 in Bonney Lake with a $2.979 price.
Six other stations in the Bonney Lake-Sumner area and in the Parkland-Spanaway area were selling gas under that benchmark $3 mark.
Outside those gas price battlefields, gas was selling significantly more. A Fred Meyer store at River Road and Meridian in Puyallup, just a few miles from the sub-$3 prices of Fred Meyer stores in Bonney Lake and Sumner, was selling regular for $3.19 a gallon.
The downward spike of gas prices, however, has been felt in most areas of the South Sound, if not as steeply in the gas war areas.
The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the Tacoma area Monday was $3.34 a gallon. That's down 8 cents a gallon from a week earlier.
In Olympia, average prices were slightly higher Monday was an average price of $3.424 a gallon. The least expensive gas in Thurston County was $3.19 at an Arco station as 10222 Martin Way East.
Those averages are 28 cents less a gallon than a month earlier.
The downward slant on gas prices is a result of softening crude oil prices and the normal late season slackening of demand.