Now, before anything else is said, I fully understand why fire is restricted.
That said, completely restricting fire removes access from the nether, a huge feature of the game. People have told me to just use the teleports at spawn, but having my own portal in my base is a huge draw, not only for resources but for transportation and other utilities as well. This is a huge disappointment.
I don't see why flint and steel could be only enabled within your own property along with fire spread turned off? Or maybe a tool that can only light fires on obsidian? This seems like a compromise.
As a side note, having fire for builds is a plus too.