REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Officials plan to more than triple the number of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon released into the Sacramento River following a massive die-off last year.

Searchlight reported that in February the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to release about 600,000 into the water below the Keswick Dam on the Sacramento River.

Agency Spokesman Steve Martarano said the first of three releases from the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery north of Redding is expected next week.

Warm water is to blame for killing off about 95 percent of the eggs and recently hatched fish released from the hatchery. The winter-run salmon rely on water below 60 degrees for spawning.

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