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Photos: Critical Massive's yearn to burn

Seattle's version of the Burning Man festival might not have desert heat, but the fire performers did show up.
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Fire performers

On Saturday night in Mount Vernon, Wash., about 20 fire performers showed off their tricks for hundreds of attendees at Critical Massive, Seattle's regional homage to the Burning Man festival.

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Propane Fountain

Wally Glenn's Propane Fountain feeds burning propane on top of a barrel of water.

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Dave Martinez

Critical Massive lead organizer Dave Martinez, aka Diem, takes a moment to rest.

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Art car

While Critical Massive didn't have as many art cars as Burning Man, this one got into the swing of things.

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Flight to Mars

One theme camp, Flight to Mars, set up a large dance floor and DJ station under an expensive trade show structure that had been donated to it.

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The Martian maze

One of Flight to Mars' signatures from years at Burning Man is a Martian-theme maze. This is the entrance to the small maze setup the camp brought to Critical Massive.

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Critical Massive's main lawn

This is the main lawn area, where many of Critical Massive's theme camps were set up.

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The Assimilator

The Assimilator is a weather balloon from which hangs a video camera feeding live wireless video to a screen in a nearby art car.

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Parachute shelter

In keeping with Burning Man tradition, some Critical Massive attendees set up impressive infrastructure. Here, two 60-foot parachutes strung together created a massive amount of shade for dozens of people.

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Early morning respite

The residential area of Critical Massive is eerily quiet at 6 a.m. Saturday.

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Teddy bear

One Critical Massive participant had an interesting take on a teddy bear.

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