Civil Defense on the hot seat

This aerial photo shows fissure 8 spewing lava in Leilani Estates during 2018's lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kilauea volcano. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

Firefighters battle a blaze on Highway 190, south of the Old Saddle Road junction, that burned more than 18,000 acres in August. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Flames can be seen from the Waikoloa Post Office in August amid a brush fire that ultimately charred 18,000 acres. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno found himself in the hot seat Thursday, as County Council members grilled him about communication lapses during two recent disasters.