RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire rose three-tenths of a cent Monday to $3.825, the  third consecutive increase after decreasing 29 times in 30 days.

   Despite the recent increases, the average price in Riverside and San  Bernardino counties is four-tenths of a cent less than one week ago, 18.4 cents  lower than one month ago and 31.4 cents below what it was one year ago,  according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

   The rising pump price follows increases in the prices of wholesales  gasoline and crude oil stemming from concerns that a U.S. military attack in  Syria could lead to a disruption in the the flow of oil from the Middle East.