The control of fire by early humans was a turning point in the cultural aspect of human evolution that allowed humans to cook food and obtain warmth and protection. Making fire also allowed the expansion of human activity into the dark and colder hours of the night, and provided protection from predators and insects. The earliest definitive evidence of the human control of fire dates back to 200.000 to 700.000 years before our time, showing the use of ordinary combustibles such as firewood.
Along with the evolution of our race and the technological advancements by now, today fire may occur from various sources and for various reasons. Experts classify fires in five different categories today: