Mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola have donated $70 million to the bushfire recovery effort.

Mr Forrest told the ABC $10 million would go towards assembling a “volunteer army” of more than 1200 people to help rebuild devastated communities.

Another $10 million would be spent in communities in collaboration with charity groups, while the remaining $50 million would go towards developing a national blueprint for fire and disaster resilience.

AAP