The first solid evidence of human use of fire is in Eurasia as early as 790,000 years ago. Several religions believe that the knowledge of how to make fire was passed down to man by God, either directly or via a rebellious angel or demigod. Fire kept predators away and made traveling and hunting safer. Cooked food was easier to eat, making large powerful jaws no longer necessary. The evolution of our face and cranial structure is in direct relation to this. The domestication of fire separated man from the rest of the world.
Today, a book of matches is usually free at any corner store.