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Elijah didn't have the power to call down fire. No one does but God made in so because Elijah used it to witness to the pagans.
1 Kings 18: 36/37

"At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."

Based on this passage out of 1 Kings, it seems like God asked Elijah to do this, but we may not know for sure.

As for 2nd Kings chapter 1 when Elijah calls down fire to consume the captain and the 50 men (twice), he may not have had permission but God did not have to send fire if he did not want to. So really, we have no idea if he had permission or not BUT it was still up to God whether to send the fire or not.
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